Skip to main content

| |   Follow Penn AHEAD on Facebook Follow Penn AHEAD on Twitter    Follow Penn AHEAD on LinkedIn



Dr. Perna Speaks at the University of BuffaloPennAHEAD Executive Director Dr. Laura Perna spoke at the University of Buffalo Graduate School of Education on March 30, 2015 as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr. Perna's presentation focused on promoting college access and completion and the role of public policy and institutional practice.

PennAHEAD Senior Scholar Peter Eckel joins Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik and the moderator Casey Green to discuss the decision of the state higher education board not to renew the contract of University of Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones and the growing political pressure on public university leaders. Click here to listen to the entire segment.

Higher education leaders believe that they influence institutional decisions in a number of areas, including the appointment of senior management, personnel policies, budget, and information dissemination. The area most often cited by higher education leaders as being under their sphere of influence is institutional strategy. The area cited least often is research priorities.

From The Atlantic:  "A UPS program in Louisville gives students free tuition for working the third shift, but at what cost?" PennAHEAD Executive Director Laura Perna weighs in on the potential physical, mental and academic costs. Click here to read the full article.

"Students from high-income families are considerably more likely than students from low-income families to earn a college degree... dependent students from families in the highest income quartile are now eight times more likely than dependent students from families in the lowest income quartile to earn a bachelor's degree by age 24." Read more of today's blog by Dr. Laura Perna in The Hill. 

On Monday, January 26, 2015, the Governor-General of Australia named PennAHEAD Senior Scholar Alan Ruby to the Honours List as a Member of the Order [of Australia] AM "for significant service to international education through global reform initiatives, and the philanthropic organizations."

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) is pleased to announce it has received a $24,998 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation. These funds will support research and collaborations at the 2015 ASHE Conference. Dr. Laura Perna, James S. Riepe Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and President of ASHE, is the Primary Investigator for the grant project. Dr. Kim Nehls, Executive Director of ASHE, serves as co-PI.

Problems in intercollegiate athletics are regularly featured in both the higher education press and popular media. Recent stories raise questions about the role of academic advisers in ensuring the academic success of student athletes, the roles of presidents and faculty in decisions about athletics, the right of student athletes to unionize, the distribution of scholarships to athletes, and the health, safety, and compensation of student athletes. Given these and many other concerns—why do colleges and universities continue to have intercollegiate athletics programs?